Pupils serve up a feast of treats

Pupils from Park Mains High School got their sleeves rolled up and worked side by side with catering staff in serving up a range of tasty meals and treats to mark International Schools Meals Day, and raise funds for Erskine Hospital.

On the menu was a variety of international dishes including Thai green curry, American dishes and Italian pizza. Pupils baked a welcome supply of treats for sale including purple cupcakes, the corporate colours of Erskine Hospital, and a selection of cookies.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said, “Today’s event has been a great success and has showcased the quality and range of our school meals, and helped raise funds for charity.

“The Scottish school meals service has changed greatly over the past few years, and in Renfrewshire where around 1.3million school meals are served every year, major changes having been taking place.

“Park Mains High School pupils and parents were consulted about the kind of facilities they wanted before the build of their new school. The chosen design of the cafe and coffee bar offers an attractive place to eat that mirrors the high street and has proved hugely popular with pupils and staff alike.

“As part of the changes, the cafe model and coffee shop, at Park Mains High School will be provided in several more secondary schools. Multiple service points will offer high street food options along with an all day coffee bar service.”

Park Mains construction reaches key stage

A multi-million pound high school construction project in Erskine has reached a key stage with its 900 ton steel framework now in place.
Renfrewshire Council Leader Brian Lawson had a site tour recently at the new £33m Park Mains High site to see the impressive structure take shape.
Work started in January this year to replace the existing Park Mains building and the school is set to open its doors to 1,350 pupils in August 2012.
Councillor Lawson said: “I was delighted to visit the new school site to see the impressive structure take place. This multi-million pound project is a major investment in local education and is a key part of our Building Better Communities programme.

“Local children deserve to be taught in modern, well-equipped buildings and I look forward to the new school opening its doors next summer.”

Councillor Iain Nicolson, Deputy Convener of the Education Policy Board, said: “It’s always been our aim to build on Park Mains High’s strong links with the community. In addition to providing top class education facilities, the recent announcement that a competition standard synthetic football pitch will be built at the school is a major boost.

“The £400,000 investment in the state-of-the-art 3G football pitch alongside the sand dressed synthetic to accommodate a range of sports, means the community sports campus at Park Mains will be first-class.”

The next stage of construction will progress the upper floors, roof, walls and windows.

A photograph is attached showing Councillor Lawson and Councillor Nicolson on their recent site tour at Park Mains.